What's the Problem?
The problem with 3M earplugs was exposed when a whistleblower notified the Federal Government that 3M’s predecessor company, Aearo Technologies, was aware that there was a design defect with its Combat Arms Dual-Ended CAEv2 earplugs, which it sold to the supplier of equipment the U.S. military.
After being sued by a 3rd party acting on behalf of the government, 3M admitted that Aero’s testing indicated that the earplugs provided no noise reduction benefit.
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What was Defective About the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs?
The 3M earplugs were defectively designed with a large flange that blocks the sides and prevents them from fully entering the ear canal. As a result, the earplugs fit loosely and fail to form an effective seal to block loud sounds.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Hiring a knowledgeable and experienced product liability lawyer can greatly increase your chances of receiving just compensation for hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of 3M’s negligence regarding their defective earplugs.
Understanding the litigation process can be time-consuming and complex. Placing your trust in the hands of an experienced lawyer ensures the legal process is put to work for you.
Do I Qualify to File a Lawsuit?
If you are a U.S. military veteran or a current service member who used 3M Combat Arms Earplugs in any branch of the service between 2003 to 2015 and subsequently developed hearing loss, tinnitus, or vertigo, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit against 3M. Fill out the form below or call (866) 588-0600 now to speak with our lawyers about your legal rights and options.
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What You Need to Prove Your 3M Earplug Injury
To be successful in your earplug lawsuit against 3M, you will be required to produce the following evidence:
- Military records - Your military records will confirm where and when you served. With this information, our lawyers can determine what type of earplug you were issued and what types of loud noises you were exposed to that caused your hearing loss, tinnitus, or other complications.
- Medical records - Your medical records will establish when you first began suffering from hearing loss or tinnitus, and the severity of your injuries.
Am I Eligible to Receive Compensation Even if I'm Already Service Connected?
Even if you are service connected with the Veteran's Administration (VA) for hearing damage caused by defective 3M earplugs, you may still be able to receive compensation from 3M without it affecting your disability benefits.
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What is the Average Payout in the 3M Ear Plug Litigation?
Hearing loss victims were understandably excited by the first 3M earplug lawsuit verdict, which awarded the 3 Plaintiffs $7.1 million in damages. That figure worked out to a payout of $2.36 million per person. Add in another successful verdict in October 2021, and you have an even higher average payout per 3M earplug lawsuit that has thus far made it to trial.
However, most plaintiffs should not expect individual earplug settlements to come anywhere near these figures. Mass tort settlements are almost invariably less than trial verdicts.
How Much Will it Cost Me to File a 3M Lawsuit?
Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything unless you win your lawsuit against 3M. If successful, the advocate fee is a minority percentage of the amount of money you will be awarded.
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